Rio 2016: Froome grabs bronze as Pooley suffers in Time Trial

Another medal for Team GB.

Rio 2016: Froome grabs bronze as Pooley suffers in Time Trial
Froome took Bronze!

The wait for a Cycling Gold for GB continues, however, there was joy for Chris Froome as he secured bronze in the time trial.

The three time Tour De France winner was aiming to match Sir Bradley Wiggins in winning a cycling gold medal in the same year as winning the Tour De France. Back at the last Olympics in London 2012 the Brit finished thrird in the time trial, and would have wanted to upgrade from that.

Froome became favourite for gold when one of the main rivals for the medal Tom Dumoulin suffered a fractured wrist. The Dutch rider was the only person to beat Froome in a time trial in France last month. However, after the road race earlier in the Olympics the Brit had warned that Fabian Cancellara would be one to watch.

This proved to be right on the money as the Swiss rider blew the field away taking the Gold by 47 seconds over the rest. Dumoulin despite his wrist injury managed to finish 15 seconds ahead of the Brit.

The Tour De France winner admitted that he had given everything, and perhaps could have concentrated more on the time trial by taking it a bit easier on the road race, but that is not his nature. Bronze for the Brit is a very good achievement, considering it was only two weeks since securing his third title on the most iconic road race in the world. Geraint Thomas finished ninth overall after receiving a late place into the race.

Not a good day for Pooley

Emma Pooley finished in 14th place in the ladies time trial. The Brit came out to Rio specifically for the time trial, having previously concentrated on long distance duathlons and Ironman events.

Pooley was visably distraught with the finish and admitted that she will be looking at her future, not just in cycling but in sport in general. As the funding in the Cycling is not what it once was, Pooley will be looking at her budget to decide where to go from here. As a holder of a PHD in geotechnical engineering she will have plenty of options if she quits the sport and goes to a "normal job".

American Kristin Armstrong who will be 43 this week won the ladies event, making her third Olympics and third Gold. Russian Olga Zabelinskaya took the Silver with Anna van der Breggen in third.